How do you sum up 100 shows’ worth of fashion? For Dries Van Noten, reaching that milestone meant looking back at the women who helped him get there.
Dries van Noten with the models. 100th Fashion Show. Font: Vogue.com
In addition to calling upon current runway stars like Julia Nobis and Catherine McNeil, the casting director Piergiorgio Del Moro enlisted many of Van Noten’s perennial muses. The designer even went full circle by bringing back a model from his very first outing—Kristina de Coninck—who opened the show in a colorful overcoat worn with jeans. She was followed by a parade of aughts-era legends, including Alek Wek, Guinevere van Seenus, Carolyn Murphy, Tasha Tilberg, and Esther de Jong.
The lineup of women over 30 made an impactful statement. Naturally, Belgian models played an important role, with insider-y favorites like Hannelore Knuts, Roos Van Bosstraeten, Delfine Bafort, and the ultimate cool girl, Anne Catherine Lacroix, adding to the appeal.
Kirsten Owen , Alek Wek, Nadja Auermann. Font all: Vogue.com
Age diversity is usually sorely lacking during fashion month, and Van Noten’s cast illustrated why it’s so important. With models from their 50s to 20s, this group showcased the variety of talent available and reflected the wide spectrum of the designer’s consumers. The cross-generational appeal of great design has always been evident, of course, but presenting the looks on a range of beauties hammered the idea home.
These women came to the runway with a wealth of life experience—included among them were artists, mothers, actresses, and even real estate professionals. And as special as it was to welcome back such faces as Trish Goff, Debra Shaw, and Elise Crombez, their success today proved that an all-ages casting philosophy shouldn’t be something that’s only reserved for anniversaries.